Is Your Home Fall Proof? How to Safeguard Your Home for the Holidays

safeguard home for holidays - fall prevention mission healthAre you preparing your home to be cozy and festive for family and friends this holiday? As you’re tidying and decorating, keep in mind how you can help prevent falls and accidents in the house by modifying your home.

Twelve million older adults fall every year and the number is rising – that’s more than 1 in 4 older adults falling each year, according to the CDC. Of those falls, 20 percent result in serious injury, such as fractures or traumatic brain injuries. But falls are not an inevitable consequence of aging, and there are proven strategies to reduce the incidence of falls – modifying your home is an important and tangible way you can help keep your loved ones safe.

Professional home evaluators can assess fall risks in your home and make recommendations for changes, however, home modifications can be as simple as adding grab bars and improving lighting. Consider moving that throw rug while family is in town, and moving/hiding extension cords and piles of books and magazines to decrease risk of tripping.

Here are some tips to safeguard your home and help prevent falls inside and outside:

Indoor Fall Prevention

Outdoor Fall Prevention

As we age, we lose muscle mass at the rate of approximately 5-10 percent every decade after the age of 40 – this rate significantly increases after age 65. These age-related changes may directly or indirectly affect balance. Understanding and accepting how the body changes and being open to modifying activities and environments are crucial to avoiding injury.

Have a fall-proof home this holiday!

These tips are provided by Mission Health’s Fraction Prevention Clinic and CarePartners.

Learn more about the Balance for Life Program at CarePartners Home Health [1]. To learn more about how you can improve your bone health, visit [2] or call 828-213-1994.